The Guardian Poaches Glenn Greenwald From Salon


Updated at 10:58 a.m. ET

Glenn Greenwald is taking his polemical political commentary to The Guardian beginning on Aug. 20, ending a five-and-a-half-year run at Salon.Greenwald will write daily for The Guardian’s U.S. website as well as a weekly, traditional column. In a post on his Salon page, Greenwald wrote that the move will allow him to reach a new, international audience.

“It’s fun to leave a place when you’re dissatisfied and dislike the people you work, but it’s incredibly hard to do when you love where you’re at and respect the people you work with,” Greenwald told TPM. “My Salon situation was definitely the latter, so it was not an easy decision. But I think it’ll really help maximize the impact of my work, and I try to have that be my guiding consideration.”

Greenwald and The Guardian began preliminary talks almost a year ago, when The Guardian launched its U.S. site. “We resumed talking about this a month or so ago, pretty much solidified the deal in person when I was in New York earlier this month, and then spent the last couple weeks finalizing everything,” Greenwald told TPM.

Janine Gibson, editor of the Guardian’s U.S. site, told TPM the British paper is “delighted” to have Greenwald join the team. “We’ve always been talking to him in a sense, as he’s written for us on a semi-regular basis for a while,” Gisbson said. “We’re excited to see what happens when we combine our U.S. audience and global platform with his day-in, day-out excellence in developing an intensely strong relationship with the audience.”

Greenwald wrote at Salon that his work at The Guardian will continue to enjoy “full editorial independence and the same type of readership involvement and support upon which I’ve long relied, including a vibrant comment section.”

He will join The Guardian’s stable of prominent U.S. voices, including Michael Wolff and Ana Marie Cox. Politico’s Dylan Byers was first to report the news of Greenwald’s new gig.

Read his post here.

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